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loydb
05-02-2008, 05:38 PM
I've been running a D&D campaign since 1978. We've taken time off (sometimes years), but 3 of the original players still play in it (one of whom ended up marrying my sister!). I stopped DMing it a couple of years ago when I began traveling heavily for work, but with 4th ED coming out, it has me wanting to kick it off again (it's been a 2nd edition campaign, but we never made the move to 3/3.5).

I drew this map when I was 15. It has served me well since, but I want to re-imagine the world a bit. I'm moving it 500 years into the future from the last time they played in it, and I'm going to re-scale everything to make it much larger.

I'm going to start with some smaller pieces of it, I haven't done anything really with CC3 yet, so this is going to be a good learning opportunity.

loydb
10-19-2008, 08:00 PM
Well, so much for starting with smaller pieces. I'm a little over a month out from the first session, and my wife is writing a 20-page paper for school this weekend, so I spent a good chunk of the weekend working. I'm trying to decide if I'm going to add text tonight or not.

I don't think I like the bevel on the border.


http://www.blankenship.com/maps/cadwyn/cadwyn_wip_1.jpg

Ascension
10-19-2008, 08:46 PM
All I can say is..."That is really sweet"! Nice job, man.

NeonKnight
10-20-2008, 02:47 AM
A beautiful CC3 map indeed!

Steel General
10-20-2008, 07:25 AM
Very nice, and I don't think the bevel on the border hurts it at all, in fact it's really not all that noticeable.

waverlyt
10-20-2008, 10:04 AM
Beautiful map!

loydb
10-20-2008, 02:38 PM
Thanks all! Just for fun, for the non-CC3 people, this is what the base map looks like in CC3 before I turned the effects on and exported it to Photoshop (where I added all the border elements, plus did some post-processing).

http://www.blankenship.com/maps/cadwyn/wip_1_in_cc.jpg

loydb
10-21-2008, 04:55 PM
Got rid of the bevel, added a soft inset shadow instead.

Made my rivers blue again. :)

Replaced some distorted symbols that didn't make it through the original brush filter for the cartoon look.

Added top text.

http://www.blankenship.com/maps/cadwyn/cadwyn_wip_2.jpg

Gandwarf
10-21-2008, 06:04 PM
This is beautiful work indeed! I love the way how you used the different symbols to create different looking regions. Like the colorful trees on the big southern island.

And wow, your map frame rocks. Those dragons are so cool.

Repped!

loydb
10-21-2008, 06:54 PM
Thanks! I seem to have lost my dragon dropshadows somewhere along the line, I'll have to fix that.

loydb
10-26-2008, 09:13 AM
Ok, I think I'm done. I decided not to title settlements and cities on this one -- I'll be doing regional maps as the players travel.

http://www.blankenship.com/maps/cadwyn/cadwyn-final-2k.jpg

joćo paulo
10-26-2008, 02:58 PM
What wonderful vision!

the mountains are very good

StillCypher
10-29-2008, 06:07 PM
Really beautiful piece of work. If I were to pick one nit, it would be the lack of tapering rivers. Your mountains and textures are fantastic, the border is absolutely beautiful, the colors are rich and delectable, the symbols are clever and artistic. What's not to like? :)

jfrazierjr
10-29-2008, 07:44 PM
Really beautiful piece of work. If I were to pick one nit, it would be the lack of tapering rivers. Your mountains and textures are fantastic, the border is absolutely beautiful, the colors are rich and delectable, the symbols are clever and artistic. What's not to like? :)


Hmm now that you mention that.... the NW lake has three outlets, which is pretty rare and never stable (over time). Eventually, you will have no more then one outlet out of the lake. Likewise, one or two of the other lakes have no outlet to the sea, which might be fine if the water somehow flows underground to empty. Anyway, something to think about, even though this is a very nice map!